Imagine yourself on a secluded sunny beach, palm trees swaying gently with the breeze, the sweet smell of coconut and fresh pineapple fill the air; you find yourself smiling, just smiling...
Hawaii Dream Bars are a vacation in a dessert! I love the exotic combination of flavors. They are easy to make, fun to eat, and pleasingly portable; like a decadent granola bar. They crumble easily, which is a blessing in disguise. Save those crumbles and use as a dreamy tropical ice cream topping!
Hawaii Dream Bars
3/4 cup Raw Vegan Sugar
3/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Margerine
1 3/4 cup Flour of your choice
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
10 oz Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks
1/2 cup roasted/salted Macadamia Nuts, chopped
1/4 cup Pineapple-Apricot Preserves (or similar)
1/4 cup large toasted Coconut Flakes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix softened margerine and sugar together. In a different bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix. Add oats and mix well until the dough resembles moist crumbles. Use your hands! :)
Press all but 1 cup of the mixture into a glass rectangular pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until it just starts to set. Remove from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top, put in oven for one minute. Remove from oven once again, spreading chocolate evenly over the top. Drop tablespoons of jam, evenly over surface. Using a spoon, drag through jam so it starts to blend slightly with the melted chocolate.
Sprinkle coconut flakes, macadamia nuts and remaining oat crumbles evenly over the top. Once covered, very gently pat ingredients into the chocolate with your fingers or palms. Bake another 15-20 minutes or until the top turns a light golden brown, careful not to burn the coconut.
*Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.
After they have cooled, cut into bars and place in an air-tight container. They will keep well and taste great for up to a week in the fridge. I actually prefer that they have been in the fridge for a while, it helps them set up and improves texture.